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Still no estimate on when buried worker will be recovered

Ottawa Citizen logo Ottawa Citizen 2018-11-08 Tom Spears
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Quebec officials are still working on a plan to recover the body of a man buried in a sandpit last Thursday.

The 31-year-old man was operating an excavator at a sandpit near Highway 105 at Farrellton when a large amount of sand slid down from the wall of the pit, burying him and his machine.

“Our inspectors are at the site,” Alain Trudel of the province’s Committee on Standards, Equity, Health and Safety said Thursday.

He said they still have to work out the details of how to get safe access to the area where the excavator is buried. The MRC des Collines police were also at the site Thursday.

In the meantime, he said, they have to wait until an engineer gives them a certificate saying the site is safe. An engineering report says there should be measures to stabilize the ground before anyone goes in to recover the body.

Police have not named the victim pending formal identification of his body, but social media posts by his grieving family identify him as Daniel Dompierre, a young father. The victim’s father has held a vigil at the sandpit.


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